Smith Orchard is our highest elevation estate vineyard at 2,400 feet. This mountainous terrain on the western slopes of Dry Creek Valley has shallow iron-rich soils consisting of alluvial and volcanic composite. This soil allows the vines to produce fruit at a slow, even rate of maturity. The wines produced from Smith Orchard offer strong high-elevation influences with rich intense flavors and a hint of minerality.
A tapestry of alluring flavors of gooseberry preserves, wisteria blossoms, and hazelnut welcome the nose while an inviting array of brambly flavors of boysenberry, wild raspberry with spice persist on the mouth, accented with dabs of vanilla and dark chocolate. The tannins are silken and plentiful ending with cassis liqueur, cardamom, and a smidgen of sweet habanero pepper.